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Artists Create New Pathways to Redraw the City in Downtown Storefronts

Posted 6 years 282 days ago ago by John Quiroz (GPA)

SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 30, 2014)- In a continued effort to bring new life to overlooked or vacant downtown buildings, the Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD) announces a new series of temporary X MARKS THE ART storefront installations now on display in 13 historic downtown properties along East Houston, East Commerce, and Soledad Streets. The series, titled “Redrawing the City,” comprises 18 unique installations curated by local artist and Texas State University Associate Professor of Art Joey Fauerso. X Marks the Art is managed by Public Art San Antonio, a division of the DCCD.

“Redrawing the City” is an exhibit of works by six recent B.F.A. graduates of Texas State University: Julio Barrientos, Kate Garner, Darby Hillman, Hope Mora, Kameron Richie and John Tennison. The exhibit includes dynamic, large-scale, site-specific, two- or three-dimensional “drawings” that respond to San Antonio’s urban landscape and the lines that people “draw” as they move through this space. One of the installations sits on the rooftop of the former Solo Serve at 114 Soledad, publicly viewable from the Rand Parking Garage at 122 N. Main; other installations surround the Solo Serve building on the ground level and continue along East Houston and East Commerce Streets. Installations will be on view for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of six months depending on property availability.

An opening reception that will include an a panel discussion with the artists will take place Thursday, June 5th, 5:30 p.m. at PASA Studio, 400 N. St. Mary’s Street, Suite 101. The artists will lead guided tours of their installations at 6:30 p.m.

X MARKS THE ART was launched in the summer of 2011 with the goal of creating a safe and inviting downtown environment rich in opportunities for both locals and visitors to engage in cultural activities in the heart of the city center. X MARKS THE ART is committed to highlighting both emerging and established local contemporary artists. Over the past three years the program has worked with over 40 artists to create 54 individual installations, impacting over 18 downtown properties.

Find more information on current and past X MARKS THE ART exhibits as well as a map of the installations online.

Image attached: Bird by Bird by artist Julio Barrientos, 114 Soledad St (Solo Serve window)

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